One of my favorite hockey books of all time has to be Lawrence Martin's The Red Machine. Martin was The Globe & Mail's Moscow correspondent in the 1980s. In his spare time he was one of the few Canadians studying Soviet hockey. His book is the definitive (at least in English) text on Russian hockey history up until 1990.
Martin, a gifted writer, offers a snap shot of his work in the December/January edition of The Beaver - Canada's History Magazine. In his article Hockey's Red Dawn he looks back to the 1950s when the Soviets quickly ascended to the top of the international hockey world.
I respect Martin's work to the utmost, but there is a small error in the article. Can you find it?
This issue of The Beaver is Olympic themed, not surprisingly. The mag looks at many aspects of Winter Olympic history, including Barbara Anne Scott, Gaetan Boucher, the Crazy Canucks ski team, and a look back at the 1976 Montreal Olympics and 1988 Calgary Olympics.
Look for The Beaver on newsstands today.